12.01.2017 | By Patrick Voelker, Executive Administrator
Sometimes we may get asked the question, or you may ask the question, Why Jesus? What’s the big deal about Jesus? A lot of times in our world today there is talk about God. Everyone seems to be ok with the times someone says, “God bless America.” It is almost required or expected at times.
During times of national tragedy, we talk about God a lot and we talk about prayer as well. It seems as if God is a safe topic. Culturally we can say, “your God, is my God” it doesn’t matter what religion we are or if there are many different religions, which there are.
This is where the rub comes when we start to talk about Jesus. You see, Jesus throws a wrench into the whole my God, your God conversation. It’s probably why people are more than willing to talk about God, pray to God, etc. God is intangible, He’s out there somewhere, and that’s where most people want to keep Him.
So why the harsh reaction to Jesus. Well, it is a problem that Jesus actually created Himself. My guess is that He did it on purpose. It starts when Jesus made the statement, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14: 6-7)
Now we’ve got a problem. If we all want to acknowledge God, especially a loving God, then what do we do with Jesus. Jesus claims to be God’s Son and here He makes the statement that the only way to God is through Jesus. The reason this causes so much angst is that the flip side of the statement is that if you are not going through Jesus to God, then you’re not getting to God. In other words, you have no God. That, can get people pretty upset!
This is why people find it so easy to talk in terms of God, and not talk about Jesus. Jesus Himself turned the conversation on its head. God is general, Jesus is specific. God is ambiguous, Jesus challenges my life. We can talk about God all day long, but ultimately, we must deal with Jesus. You see Jesus is all about transforming us. Transforming us into what God, the Father created us for. We can only come close to that on earth through Jesus and we can only fulfill it in eternity by proclaiming Jesus as my Savior, the Son of God, and the only way to be with God. (i.e. Heaven)
Now I have really stirred the hornets’ nest. The above really is what creates so much reaction to Jesus. Many responses that occur are heard as, “Why can’t we all just get along,” or “There must be more than just one way to God,” or “A loving God wouldn’t exclude people just because they don’t acknowledge Jesus.” Which brings us back to the beginning. Are you just doing the God thing, or is all this really about Jesus; for you?
Jesus is the way to God. Accepting Him as the Son of God and that He died for your sins brings about life transformation. Transformation that causes us to live, talk, and act as God originally created us. Jesus brings us to a fulfilled and joy filled life. A life that cannot be attained any other way except through Him.
That is why we all must deal with the question, Why Jesus? Have you?